McKay, DCC (2017) Sent home: mapping the absent child into migration through polymedia. Global Networks, 18 (1). pp. 133-150. ISSN 1470-2266

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Migrants and their transnational families document their children and child-rearing practices on social networking sites (SNS) to enhance their social mobility. In this article, I identify a new group of migrant children, namely those sent home to their parents' countries of origin for an imagined ‘good childhood’. I demonstrate that polymedia – SNS and other platforms – sustain these children and create new norms of publicness and visibility in transnational parenting. Exploring how families document child-raising across international boundaries, I show how the trajectories of parenting relationships remain open ended. I counter the predominant focus on transnational parenting as a kind of abandonment attached to left-behind children. Instead, I refocus the research on the opportunities polymedia give families to create and sustain intimacies, thus making the trajectories of migrant families and children increasingly dynamic. Polymedia create important shifts in global migration – a transformation that requires changes in the way scholars approach transnational families and long-distance parenting.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: children, icts, social networks, transnational citizenship, transnational families, transnational urbanism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Geography, Geology and the Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2017 16:52
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 11:20

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